Hyderabad: The mercury crossed the 33º Celsius mark on Tuesday and the city, which had a mild winter, could be staring at an early summer that could very well begin in February.
According to officials at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city recorded maximum and minimum temperatures which are 3ºC above normal.
“This year, there has been no proper flow of the cold northerly winds. Instead, we have been receiving humid winds from the coastal regions. These winds have obstructed the cold winds from coming the city’s way,” IMD-Hyderabad director K. Nagaratna, told Deccan Chronicle.
On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.5ºC, 3ºC above normal and the minimum at 20.4ºC, 4ºC above normal. This is the highest temperature registered in the city in January since 2016.
Experts from Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, said that there were chances that the temperature could drop marginally after 48 hours.
“Due to consecutive disturbances in the atmosphere over the city, the northerly winds could not reach the state. There are chances that there might be a lull in the circulation, leading to a marginal drop in the temperature. It wouldn’t matter much as the temperatures would begin rising immediately,” said Mr Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet.
Nevertheless, the lack of a winter season has brought people on to social media websites, to rue the same. ‘Dude wore a freaking jacket in this melting heat of Hyderabad and is sweating like crazy. (sic)’ read a tweet.